He said the continuous decline in forest cover was very largely going to affect food and agricultural produce and jeopardize Ghana’s longstanding position as an important supplier to the international timber market, thereby diminishing revenue from the important sector.
He however said the emergence of REDD+ in Ghana presented an opportunity for the country to further compliment ongoing efforts towards the sustainable management and conservation of its forests.
Kufuor, a former Ghanaian president, made these comments at the first national REDD+ forum in Accra organized by the Forestry Commission.
The forum was to solicit political commitment and public support for actions and measures targeted at addressing drivers of deforestation, as part of Ghana’s contribution to ongoing global efforts towards abating climate change and its impacts.
REDD+ is an acronym for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation while the plus sign (+) represents activities that offer co-benefits such as biodiversity conservation, sustainable forest management and carbon stocks enhancement.
Kufuor said through REDD+ Ghana would not only reduce deforestation and thereby contribute to global efforts aimed at mitigating climate change but also derive the myriad ecological, social and economic benefits associated with the sustainable management of forests.
The Minister for Natural Resources, Nii Osah Mills, said his outfit had commenced the implementation of a new forest and wildlife policy which is expected to transform the sector into a more vibrant and positive one.
Ghana has completed its targets for emission reduction known as Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) and will be communicated to the UNFCCC secretariat through the INDC submission portal.
The core message of Ghana’s INDC from the agricultural/forestry sector is to significantly reduce emissions driven by expansion of cocoa and agriculture into forests areas, coupled with illegal mining and illegal logging. Enditem